Skip to Content

IDAHOBIT 2021

International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Intersexphobia and Transphobia

17–23 May

Together: Resisting, Supporting, Healing!

Welcome to IDAHOBIT celebrations at Monash University. This year’s theme is Together: Resisting, Supporting, Healing!

This powerful theme was chosen in light of the recent challenges that the world has faced. The global pandemic has reinforced the importance of community, solidarity and coming together in the face of adversity. We don’t yet know the extent to which the global pandemic has impacted social activism and the fight for equal rights. In the midst of ongoing challenges, this day of global awareness (17 May) continues to provide inspiration, support and healing to the LGBTIQ community.

Globally, IDAHOBIT has been acknowledged since 2004, bringing attention to the ongoing violence towards the LGBTIQ community and celebrating the richness of diverse human experience. May 17 is a significant date in the ongoing fight for equality. On this day in 1990, the World Health Organisation declassified homosexuality as a mental disorder. The day is now celebrated in over 130 countries.

This week, we’ll come together to share stories, learn, teach and celebrate our LGBTIQ communities. We invite all to take part, including members of LGBTIQ communities and allies alike.

Message from the Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice-President (Education)

The International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Intersexphobia and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT) is a significant date in the ongoing fight for equality. At Monash, we are committed to ending discrimination and promoting acceptance in our community, so that all of our LGBTIQ colleagues, family and friends, can feel at home.

This year’s theme is – Together: Resisting, Supporting, Healing! The global pandemic has reinforced the importance of community, solidarity and coming together in the face of adversity.

We’ve seen how communities can rally together, both in person and virtually, to support one another, to educate one another, and to promote compassion and kindness. Together, we’ll continue achieving inclusion and equality for our LGBTIQ community, and be a voice for those who can’t speak for themselves.

This week, we welcome storytelling, learning, teaching, and most of all, celebrating. As Monash’s LGBTIQ executive sponsor, I encourage everyone to take part, including members of LGBTIQ communities and allies alike.

Professor Susan Elliott
Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice-President (Education)

Professor Susan Elliott

Events

  • Share the love Interactive Chatboard

    Audience Students and staff
    Time 12pm daily
    Date Monday 17 May to Sunday 23 May
    Venue Online

    Submit a digital message that will get posted on the Facebook group to celebrate IDAHOBIT and show your support for the LGBTIQ community at Monash.

  • Queer Morning Tea + Poster Making

    Audience Students
    Time 10am – 12pm
    Date Monday 17 May
    Venue Caulfield campus

    A MONSU Queer hosted IDAHOBIT Day morning tea with coffee, brekkie pastries and of course, tea! We'll also be making posters for the Midsumma Pride March the following Sunday, but come and just participate in some soul-cleansing artistry!

  • Ally Support Wall

    Audience Students and staff
    Time 11am – 1pm
    Date Monday 17 May to Wednesday 19 May
    Venue Campus Lawn, Parkville campus

    Show your support as an ally of the LGBTIQ community at Monash by leaving a message on the support wall. While you're there, grab some free food and collect an IDAHOBIT badge or pin.

  • Chalk It Up!

    Audience Students and staff
    Time 11am – 1pm
    Date Monday 17 May
    Venue Campus Lawn, Parkville campus

    Make your mark with some chalk! Chalk will be available on campus for everyone to decorate the path between the Campus Lawn and Basketball Court in celebration of IDAHOBIT. Show your support by participating!

  • IDAHOBIT Screening: Country Town Pride

    Audience Staff
    Time 12.30 – 1.30pm
    Date Monday 17 May
    Venue Chancellery Boardroom, 17 Chancellors Walk, Clayton campus

    Join us for a lunchtime screening of the SBS Untold Australia episode Country Town Pride, which follows the inspirational story of Holly Conroy, a transgender woman from country NSW, as she bids to stage a Mardi Gras in her home town of Wagga Wagga.

  • IDAHOBIT Screening: Country Town Pride

    Audience Staff
    Time 12.30 – 1.30pm
    Date Monday 17 May
    Venue Sir George Lush Room, 34 Exhibition Walk, Clayton campus

    Join us for a lunchtime screening of the SBS Untold Australia episode Country Town Pride, which follows the inspirational story of Holly Conroy, a transgender woman from country NSW, as she bids to stage a Mardi Gras in her home town of Wagga Wagga.

  • Rainbow Flag Raising

    Audience Students and staff
    Time 3–4pm
    Date Monday 17 May
    Venue Assemble at the Campus Entry (Sissons Building), Parkville campus

    The Parkville Campus will be flying the rainbow flag in support of the LGBTIQ+ community. You're invited to attend the flag raising and hear from Professor Tina Brock about how the Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences professions can support the LGBTIQ community. Afternoon tea will be provided, and attendees will be able to add messages to the Ally Support Wall.

  • Ally Training

    Audience Staff
    Time 12.30 – 4.30pm
    Date Wednesday 19 May
    Venue Online

    This training provides an understanding of the importance of LGBTIQA+ inclusion at Monash and explains the role of an ally. You'll learn about identity, power, privilege, heteronormativity and allyship. Following the session, you can apply to join the Ally Network.

  • Virtual Movie Night: Pride

    Audience Students and staff
    Time 5.00 – 6.30pm
    Date Wednesday 19 May
    Venue Online

    Join the Parkville Games Club online for a screening of Pride as part of IDAHOBIT Week at Parkville.

  • Rainbow Pancakes with MONSU Peninsula

    Audience Students and staff
    Time 8.30 – 10.30am
    Date Thursday 20 May
    Venue MONSU Student Welfare Lounge, Building U, Peninsula campus

    Enjoy a rainbow pancake brekkie to support IDAHOBIT Week! All students and staff welcome.

  • PPA IDAHOBIT Panel

    Audience Students and staff
    Time 12–2pm
    Date Thursday 20 May
    Venue Lecture theatre 1 (LT1), Sissons Building, Parkville campus

    Our guest speakers will discuss this year’s IDAHOBIT theme (Together: Resisting, Supporting, Healing!), and how we can continue to provide support for the community during COVID-19. After the panel, they'll be a catered networking event where you can mingle with fellow students and the invited speakers.

  • Ally Training

    Audience Students
    Time 12.30 – 4.30pm
    Date Friday 21 May
    Venue Online

    This training provides an understanding of the importance of LGBTIQA+ inclusion at Monash and explains the role of an ally. You'll learn about identity, power, privilege, heteronormativity and allyship. Following the session, you can apply to join the Ally Network.

  • Rainbow Pancakes with MSA Queer

    Audience Students and staff
    Time 2–4pm
    Date Friday 21 May
    Venue Kenneth Hunt Lawn, Clayton campus

    Come join MSA Queer at the Kenneth Hunt Lawn BBQ area for free rainbow pancakes to celebrate Monash IDAHOBIT Week. This event is for everyone, including allies.

  • Midsumma Pride March

    Audience Students and staff
    Time 10.45am – 1.00pm
    Date Sunday 23 May
    Venue Online

    Midsumma Pride March will grace the streets of St Kilda on Sunday 23 May. Watch the parade through livestream! This will be Monash’s sixth consecutive year of participating in the march. Pride March is about affirming that we’re fabulous, and we’re loved, and we’re diverse and we’re proud. We march in solidarity for those who can not.

Get involved

There are so many ways you can get involved in each year's celebration. Here are just a few:

Contact us

If you’d like to know more about IDAHOBIT and how you can get involved, contact Respectful Communities.

Email: respectful-communities@monash.edu

Call: +61 3 9905 9499